Brighter, larger, more versatile space for ProAct in Shakopee

The Shakopee location for ProAct is ramping up for growth, with a recent move to a bright and more open facility that is more than 50 percent larger.

“Everything about the new space is new and vibrant,” said ProAct Vice President Kim Feller. “It provides an enhanced programming environment for participants.”

Some 80 such individuals with disabilities and supporting staff moved building shared with the CareerForce Center at 792 Canterbury Road to a new location at 4601 Dean Lakes Boulevard.

A number of participants shared notes about what they’ll miss about the site where ProAct, and it’s Scott County predecessor, New Options, operated for more than 20 years.

“Fortunately, most of the items they listed moved with us, like the Snack Attack Cart, their friends, going for walks, the fun parties, community outings and, most importantly, staff,” said Shakopee Day Support Services Manager Ali Brown.

The newer facility is just 1.5 miles to the south and east. It’s brighter inside, and has access to Dean Lakes walking paths.

Windows on three sides and an open concept where the three main programming spaces have no walls allow staff to create different designs as desired, Feller explains. The expansive space also makes it easier for people to move around. The Dean Lakes site features a sensory and craft room as well, and separate offices for direct support and employment staff.

Program capacity is for 131 participants, and the hope is to work with Scott County to increase that as the program grows. “We will continue to bring back participants as staffing allows, said Feller. Before COVID, Shakopee had been serving close to 100 individuals.

ProAct is offering tours to those with an interest in services. The nonprofit expects that it will be a great space for now and for years to come.